You work in recruitment for an organisation currently hiring. It is an organisation with strong purpose and values and they value meritocracy.
A good friend of yours has reached out to let you know they’ve applied for a role with your organisation. It is a role that has so far received over 300 applications. Given the current Covid-19 crisis, receiving this number of job applications has become the norm.
Your friend and her partner have both lost their jobs due to Covid-19 and you know that she is more than qualified for the role. There are sophisticated systems in place to screen applications, but nevertheless your friend has asked if you could please ensure she is shortlisted, given your role in recruitment.
The situation is calling in to question a range of your values.
What would you do?
- What ethical considerations would you give to your decision-making?
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